Summary 2 tablets can be bumped together to trigger dynamic tiling of their displays. Picking up a tablet disconnects the displays. Holding the tablets at an angle during the bump triggers pouring data from one device to another.
Description Hinckley (2003) proposes the use of a bumping gesture to dynamically connect together 2 tablet computers and form an extended screen area from the screens of individual devices when they are positioned next to each other. Removing one device from proximity reverts both screens to their previous individual state. The devices go into screen extension mode if both of them are resting on a desk. The same gesture triggers information transfer if both devices are instead being held. Bumping both devices together results in mutual sharing of information, however having one device slightly tilted during a bump results in one-way sharing of the titled device’s clipboard to the receiving device.
Design motivation Designing new types of interactions, Creating engaging experiences
Design goal Creating integrated workspaces, Improving information management across devices, Supporting joint interaction with information across devices, Supporting interaction in a free manner, Supporting design of interfaces for dynamic collections of devices
Device type Private, Semi-private
Enabling technology Displays, Networking technologies, Sensors
Reference Hinckley, K. (2003). Synchronous gestures for multiple persons and computers (pp. 149–158). Presented at the Proceedings of the 16th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology - UIST '03, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/964696.964713
Pattern family Display Grouping
Cites Pick-and-Drop, Hyperdrag
Cited by Stitching, TranSticks, Ubiquitous Graphics, DisplayStacks, EasyGroups, PaperVideo, Pinch, Conductor, Tilt-to-Preview, Face-to-Mirror the Full Screen, Portals, Cross-Device Pinch-to-Zoom, Throwing (MobiComics), Send-to-Me, Retrieving, Voting
Related to Hyperdrag, Stitching, TranSticks, DisplayStacks, EasyGroups, PaperVideo, Pinch, Conductor, Throwing (MobiComics), Send-to-Me, Retrieving, Voting
Examples Bumping.png
Diagram Diagram for Bumping.png

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